A royalty-free video format


In the SVG 1.2 draft specification, there's a note in section 7.2 about 
a suggestion for a mandatory video format which would not require 
royalty payment.

I would like to suggest the VP3 video codec which is released for _any_ 
use by On2. The VP3 codec does contain patented portions, but On2 has 
given the irrevocable license to use it in any way.

As far as I know, this is the only advanced codec which is free for any 
usage without paying royalties.

The Xiph project, known for its Ogg Vorbis format, had negotiated this, 
for usage in their own new, but VP3 based video codec. This new codec 
itself is not yet had its official 1.0 release yet.

See: http://www.theora.org/theorafaq.html "Q: Isn't vp3 a patented 
And: http://www.theora.org/cvs.html "[VP3 Legal Terms]"

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With friendly regards,

Received on Monday, 9 February 2004 10:01:47 UTC